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Why does World AIDS Day matter to mothers? Read our guest blogger Annie Lennox's post and join the conversation

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ElenMumsnetBloggers (MNHQ) Thu 01-Dec-11 22:32:03

Hi all,

Thanks for your inspiring responses and your inspiring post, lowimpactmama. Just to clarify, non-bloggers can definitely post on this thread too! It's relevant to all of us.

AliceWelbourn Thu 01-Dec-11 20:35:49

Huge thanks to Annie Lennox for her campaigning and for highlighting this important issue today. I was diagnosed with HIV in 1992 when I was pregnant and was devastated because HIV in those days was a death sentence. But here I am 19 years on, still alive and well, thanks to life-saving medication. Women in the UK with HIV can now have babies over 99% HIV-free, even with normal vaginal delivery, but the stigma is still huge in the UK. And in Africa and elsewhere, there is a huge need for funds for medication and training. See and for more info. Over half the people in the world with HIV are now women. HIV is closely related to domestic violence too. This is a huge problem and we all need to think about how we can keep ourselves and our children HIV-free.

lowimpactmama Thu 01-Dec-11 14:31:53

My thoughts on why World Aids Day matters to me

lowimpactmama Thu 01-Dec-11 13:14:51

Excellent post - I was planning to blog about world aids day today, as I'm reading the Politics of Breastfeeding and there's a large section on pregnant and nursing women suffering from HIV/AIDS. It's a hugely important global topic, but one that gets a little lost in the west, where people seem to think that the battle against HIV/AIDS has been "won".

ElenMumsnetBloggers (MNHQ) Thu 01-Dec-11 10:06:26

Do you think Annie Lennox's message rings true? What can we do to stop HIV and AIDS spreading and raise awareness? Do bloggers have a special part to play? Join the conversation started by Annie, and share your views.

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